HSE statistics reveal rise in workplace deaths

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual workplace death statistics, revealing a sobering 10% increase in deaths at work from 123 in 2021/22 to 135 in 2022/23.

The statistics cover a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, and transport. As in previous years, and despite campaigning efforts by the HSE, the industry with the highest number of deaths was construction, which had more than double the amount of workplace fatalities compared to any other industry with 45 deaths.

Sadly, 68 members of the public also lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents, a drop of 12 compared to the 80 members of the public killed in 2021/22.

Workplace safety should be a major concern for both employers and employees. Every person killed or injured in a work-related accident represents a human tragedy, leaving lifelong consequences and devastated loved ones.

Unfortunately, the statistics shed light on the grim consequences of unsafe workplaces, including serious injuries such as brain and head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, eye injuries and industrial diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

As a specialist personal injury law firm with expertise in serious work accidents, we believe it is crucial to address these distressing figures and raise awareness about the pressing need for improved workplace safety standards.

Alarming work death numbers

The HSE’s work-related death statistics show that an earlier steady decline in the number of workplace deaths has stalled and flatlined over the last decade.

Although the 2022/23 increase can be linked to the end of Covid restrictions and return to the workplace, the clear growth in work deaths over the last year should act as a wake-up call for employers across the country.

The most common causes of deaths at work have also remained the same as previous years. These include:

  • Falls from height (40 deaths in 2022/23)
  • Being struck by moving objects (29 deaths in 2022/23)
  • Being hit by moving vehicles (20 deaths in 2022/23)

The HSE also report on deaths from the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma which tragically claimed 2,268 lives in 2022/23.

Workplace injuries and deaths are avoidable when health and safety procedures are followed and enforced. Employers have a moral duty to protect those that work for them, but also a legal duty to observe health and safety regulations and report serious accidents to RIDDOR so that improvements can be made in future.

Compensation after a fatal work accident

Louise Gardner is a specialist personal injury solicitor, with many years’ experience supporting people with compensation claims after a work accident. She says:

“The HSE workplace death statistics for 2022/23 serve as a stark reminder of the need for continued efforts to enhance workplace safety.

“It is vital for employers to invest in robust health and safety training programs, conduct regular risk assessments, and implement appropriate safety measures. By fostering a culture of safety and empowering employees to report hazards, workplaces can become safer environments for everyone.

“As a personal injury law firm committed to seeking justice and compensation after work accidents for victims and their families, we urge people who have experienced work accidents and their loved ones to understand their legal rights and seek expert advice about making a work accident compensation claim.

“We want to work towards a future where work-related deaths are no longer an unfortunate reality, but a tragic memory of the past. Together, we can create safer work environments and ensure that every worker returns home safely at the end of the day.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a work accident that was not entirely your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Our experienced, caring work accident compensation team will provide guidance, support, and representation throughout the claims process on ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis so that you can secure fair compensation and hold responsible parties accountable.

To find out more, call us on Freephone 0800 884 0777, email info@novumlaw.com or complete our online enquiry form for a free, no obligations chat.

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